LLB, BA - Associate
Andrew studied law and philosophy at Victoria University in Wellington, graduated in 2009, and has been working as a lawyer since then. He is also a director and co-founder of OpenLaw NZ, a free legal data platform.
Andrew's primary work areas are relationship property, information and technology, privacy law, and online bullying cases. He has been a member of the Auckland District Law Society Technology & Law Committee since 2013. He has extensive experience dealing with separations (contentious and non-contentious), estate litigation and civil litigation, and can provide advice about drafting terms and conditions or privacy policies for websites and applications. He regularly receives appointments from the Family Court to act as lawyer for incapacitated persons in applications filed under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1998, and has experience appearing at all levels of the New Zealand court system up to the Court of Appeal.
Outside the office, Andrew enjoys programming, too many computer games, is a classically-trained pianist, and plays in a local funk/soul band, Farandicus.
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Andrew Easterbrook's Blog Posts
Some comments on the Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 safe harbour
July 30, 2015
The Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015 was enacted on 2 July 2015. Sections 23 to 25 say that if certain steps are followed, online hosts are protected against almost all liability for content hosted on their platform. But there are a few issues that hosts should be aware of.
Do zombies have a right to privacy?
August 13, 2013
Suppose that after you die someone gets hold of your facebook login, and publishes a book of all your chat transcripts. You’d be pretty pissed if you happened to be a zombie at the time, and somehow got wind of that publication.
How social media changes negotiation tactics
July 25, 2012
Let’s say you are negotiating the resolution of a legal dispute. Often you will start the process by simply explaining your position. “This is what I want, and this is why it’s a brilliant idea.”
Legal Threats and the Streisand Effect
June 12, 2012
A few days ago, a lawyer hired by the website funnyjunk.com threatened Matthew Inman, the owner of theoatmeal.com. He demanded Matthew take down a blog post and pay $20,000 in damages for (alleged) defamation.
Second level nz domain names may be allowed soon
May 30, 2012
A domain name is the address for a website. For example, Webb Ross has the domain name "webbross.co.nz".
Google Plus vs Facebook
July 08, 2011
Google Plus is a new social networking service. It’s pretty much the same as Facebook. However, Google’s offering is gaining a lot of kudos for having better privacy (a brief google search shows lots of blogs saying things along those lines). I wanted to examine the differences between the two services in some more detail.
Creative Commons Licences
June 10, 2011
The Creative Commons licenses are great. I don’t think enough people use them yet so thought I would take this opportunity to explain them a little bit.
Legal Issues Raised by Cloud Computing
May 13, 2011
Yesterday, Google announced that laptops from Acer and Samsung running its new operating system, ChromeOS, will be sold from 15 June.
What happens to online assets after you die?
February 11, 2011
A question that is bound to come up more often with the growth of the internet and high speed broadband is what to do with a person’s digital property after they die.
November 02, 2010
Last week a tool was released that allows people to take control of your facebook and email accounts.